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Old 05-27-2004, 01:23 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Life in the 1950s. Where did we go wrong?

The following is from an article entitled "The good wife's guide" from an issue of a magazine called "Housekeeping Monthly" published in 1955. In it, it lists all the appropriate behaviour that a good housewife should follow.

Somewhere along the line, I feel that we have strayed from the path it laid out for us. I wonder why........

  • Have dinner ready. Plan ahead, even the night before, to have a delicious meal ready, on time for his return. This is a way of letting him know that you have been thinking about him and are concerned about his needs. Most men are hungry when they come home and the prospect of a good meal (especially his favourite dish) is part of the warm welcome needed.
  • Prepare yourself. Take 15 minutes to rest so you'll be refreshed when he arrives. Touch up your make-up, put a ribbon in your hair and be fresh-looking.
  • Be a little gay and a little more interesting for him. His boring day may need a lift and one of your duties is to provide it.
  • Clear away the clutter. Make one last trip through the main part of the house before your husband arrives.
  • Gather up schoolbooks, toys etc and then run a dishcloth over the tables.
  • Over the cooler months of the year you should prepare and light a fire for him to unwind by. Your husband will feel he has reached a haven of rest and order, and it will give you a lift too. After all, catering for his comfort will provide you with immense personal satisfaction.
  • Prepare the children. Take a few minutes to wash the children's hands and faces (if they are small), comb their hair and, if necessary, change their clothes. They are little treasures and he would like to see them playing the part. Minimise all noise. At the time of his arrival, eliminate all noise of the washer, dryer or vacuum. Try to encourage the children to be quiet.
  • Be happy to see him.
  • Greet him with a warm smile and show sincerity in your desire to please him.
  • Listen to him. You may have a doxen important things to tell him, but the moment of his arrival is not the time. Let him talk first - remember, his topics of conversation are more important than yours.
  • Make the evening his. never complain if he comes home late or goes out to dinner, or other places of entertainment without you. Instead, try to understand his world of strain and pressure and his very real need to be at home and relax.
  • Your goal: Try to make sure your home is a place of peace, order and tranquility where your husband can renew himself in body and spirit.
  • Don't greet him with complaints and problems.
  • Don't complain if he's late home for dinner or even if he stays out all night. Count this as minor compared to what he might have gone through that day.
  • Make him comfortable. Have him lean back in a comfortable chair or have him lie down in the bedroom. Have a cool or warm drink ready for him.
  • Arrange his pillow and offer to take off his shoes. Speak in a low, soothing and pleasant voice.
  • Don't ask him questions about his actions or question his judgment or integrity. Remember, he isthe master of the house and as such will always exercise his will with fairness and truthfulness. You have no right to question him.
  • A good wife always knows her place.


We don't seem to see articles like this anymore. It's a mystery.
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Old 05-27-2004, 02:54 AM   #2 (permalink)
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It forgot to include these points:
  • Wear lacy undergarments and a short skirt
  • Offer your husband a relaxing blowjob by the fire
  • Make sure there are no door-to-door salesmen hiding in the closet
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Old 05-27-2004, 03:06 AM   #3 (permalink)
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also, don't forget to...
  • Generously tip the milkman...
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Old 05-27-2004, 09:04 AM   #4 (permalink)
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Ah... the good ol' days
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Old 05-27-2004, 09:21 AM   #5 (permalink)
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and we must not forget THIS!!!
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Old 05-27-2004, 09:25 AM   #6 (permalink)
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I cannot believe that only 50 years ago, we thought that way.

What I wouldn't give to be 50 years older than I am and see the transition this country has made since then.

As much as I think it was a ridiculous and arrogant way to live, I wouldn't mind having my only job be in my own home, keeping it up for my provider.
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Old 05-27-2004, 10:49 AM   #7 (permalink)
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Snopes, as usual, to the rescue:
Urban Legends Reference Pages: Language (How to Be a Good Wife). They list it as 'undetermined', but seem to consider it more 'unlikely'.
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Old 05-27-2004, 11:17 AM   #8 (permalink)
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"a good wife always knows her place"

That is just funny on so many levels...
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